American Galen Rupp wins men's 2017 Chicago Marathon

Abel Kirui will be seeking a successful Chicago Marathon title defence

Galen Rupp celebrates after winning the men's race at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017 in Chicago.

Galen Rupp became the first American man to win the Chicago Marathon in 15 years on Sunday morning in a tactical affair. He cracked a smile before crossing the finish line in 2 hours 9 minutes and 20 seconds.

Before Sunday, Khalid Khannouchi was the last American victor when he crossed the finish line first in 2002.

Dibaba was in a class of her own in the women's race, winning in a time of 2:18:31.

As the race progressed in the second half the field began to diminish including world record holder Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Bett stepping off the course. She finished third again on Sunday in 2:20:57. The men's pack at that pace was as large as 26 people. His win on Sunday is the first by an American man at the World Marathon Majors since Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon. At the halfway point the lead group came in 1:06:06.

Meanwhile, the women were on course-record pace through 10K, clocking 32:28, including Dibaba, Hasay and Florence Kiplagat, the two-time defending champion. Kenya's Bernard Kipyego was third.

The Chicago Marathon was only his fourth marathon ever.

The time made her the second-fastest American marathoner in history behind only Deena Kastor, who clocked 2:19.36 in 2006. Kenyan Brigid Kosegi came in second place and American Jordan Hasay, the former fastest American woman to win a marathon, came in third.

Rupp, a bronze medallist over this distance at Rio 2016, marked the 40th anniversary of the event with a long-awaited home success in the men's race.

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